MMI honors ‘Best of the Best’ students for fall semester


(Freeland, PA – December 8, 2015) – MMI Preparatory School recognized six students as the “Best of the Best” during an assembly program held at the school recently. The overall Best of the Best honor for the first semester was awarded to senior Luke Yamulla, son of Dr. Robert and Atty. Ann Yamulla of Sugarloaf, for his presentation on presidential candidates.

The school’s assembly program provides each student with the opportunity to explore varied subject areas not typically studied in the classroom. Students present a topic of interest to them such as art, music, geography or culture before a larger audience than they would be exposed to in a daily classroom environment.

Each MMI student in grades 7 through 12 makes at least one appearance in an assembly program each school year. Students in grades eight, 10 and 12 made their presentations in the first semester of the school year. Students in grades seven, nine and 11 will complete their assemblies in the spring semester.

The best student performances from the first-semester assemblies are presented to a joint assembly of both upper school and middle school students and rated outstanding by the MMI faculty to determine the “Best of the Best.”

The other Best of the Best presenters were eighth grader Catherine Havrilla, daughter of James and Emily Havrilla of Mountaintop, for her presentation on skateboarding; eighth grader Grant Warren, son of Richard Warren and Atty. Rebecca Warren of Danville, for his presentation on biomimicry; sophomore Lauren Babinetz, daughter of Michael and Patricia Babinetz of Jim Thorpe, for her presentation on theories of the universe; sophomore Anna Haber, daughter of Dr. John and Cathryn Haber of Tresckow, for her presentation on the ukulele; and sophomore Julia Snyder, daughter of Dr. Christopher and Dr. Jill Snyder of Sugarloaf, for her presentation on limits.

MMI Head of School Thomas G. Hood said, “The assembly program is designed to improve and enhance communication skills which are important to students as they progress through high school, college and beyond. We are proud of our students for their performance during assemblies and commend them on a job well done.”

About MMI Preparatory School

For more than 130 years, MMI Preparatory School has been providing dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring 6th through 12th grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual’s academic, social and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  MMI is a school where every student can reach their full potential: academically, ethically and socially.  For more information about MMI Preparatory School, visit or call 570-636-1108.

PICTURED: MMI Preparatory School recognized six students as the “Best of the Best” for the fall semester during an assembly program held at the school. Winners are, first row, from left: Anna Haber, Catherine Havrilla and Grant Warren. Second row: Lauren Babinetz, Luke Yamulla and Julia Snyder.